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Women on the West Bank fight poverty with enterprise

A few short years after the war in Gaza, women in the West Bank are overcoming poverty by running their own co-operatives. With training, marketing assistance, and funding from several aid agencies, the women have been able to set up their own small businesses.

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Towards Global Partnerships

Towards Global Partnerships, a resolution adopted by the UN General Assembly, encourages partnerships between the UN and the private sector, outlines the principles that should govern such partnerships, and stresses the important role that the private sector can play in encouraging development and...

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Fighting Poverty: A Business Opportunity - Report on the 10th International Business Forum

Fighting Poverty: A Business Opportunity - Report on the 10th International Business Forum, a conference report, provides a summary of the Forum's proceedings in respect to how business is addressing the Millennium Development Goals.

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Make Poverty Business: Increase Profits and Reduce Risks by Engaging with the Poor

Make Poverty Business: Increase Profits and Reduce Risks by Engaging with the Poor (2006) is a book by Craig Wilson and Peter Wilson that sets out to provide a blueprint for on-the-ground managers of multinational corporations to create sustainable profits and reduce country risk by helping...

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Millennium Development Goal 8: Delivering on the Global Partnership for Achieving the MDGs

Millennium Development Goal 8: Delivering on the Global Partnership for Achieving the MDGs, a report of the MDG Gap Task Force, was prepared for improving the monitoring of MDG-8. More than 20 UN agencies are represented in the Task Force, including the World Bank and the IMF, as well as the OECD...

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Enterprise Solutions to Poverty: Opportunities and Challenges for the International Development Community and Big Business

Enterprise Solutions to Poverty: Opportunities and Challenges for the International Development Community and Big Business, a report written by the Shell Foundation, argues that enterprise and business thinking must be placed at the heart of efforts to address poverty. The report concludes by...

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Public-Private Partnerships for Development - A Handbook for Business

Public-Private Partnerships for Development - A Handbook for Business was developed to help businesses operating in developing countries to understand how to build public-private partnerships that will benefit their host country populations and participating firms.

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More Than Making Money – Listing of Standards, Guidelines and Principles Relevant to Corporate Impacts

More Than Making Money – Listing of Standards, Guidelines and Principles Relevant to Corporate Impacts, a listing produced by Business in the Community (BITC) and Corporate Citizen, consists of standards, guidelines and principles relevant to corporate impacts such as benchmarkable standards,...

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Guidelines for building business coalitions against HIV/AIDS

The Guidelines for building business coalitions against HIV/AIDS provides practical, operational, timely and relevant guidance to companies and/or leaders in the private sector who want to combine forces in the fight against HIV/AIDS. It includes lessons learned and examples to those interested in...

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Micro-Enterprise Online Library

Micro-Enterprise Online Libary, published by National Institute for Social Science Information, provides an online micro-enterprise research library.

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Implementing sustainable private sector development: Striving for tangible results for the poor

The key challenge for private sector development in 2006 is showing tangible, significant results in poverty eradication. Donors, researchers and practitioners have been challenged to focus on making markets work for the poor to consider the underlying rationale of market development strategies and...

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Joining Forces for Change: Demonstrating Innovation and Impact through UN-Business Partnerships

Joining Forces for Change: Demonstrating Innovation and Impact through UN-Business Partnerships, a publication by the UN Global Compact Office, presents a case for partnering with the UN in addition to listing case studies of successful UN-business partnerships. The partnerships presented in the...

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Doing Business with the Poor: A Field Guide

Doing Business with the Poor: A Field Guide encourages "sustainable livelihoods (SL) business", that is, doing business with the poor in ways that benefit the poor and benefit the company. It discusses how successful SL business models focus on core competencies, partner across sectors and localise...

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Millennium Development Goals Report 2008

Millennium Development Goals Report 2008 is a report based on a master set of data that has been compiled by an Inter-Agency and Expert Group on MDG Indicators led by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations Secretariat, in response to the wishes of the General Assembly...

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Business UNusual

Business UNusual, a collaborative publication of the United Nations Global Compact Office and the Global Public Policy Institute, provides an overview of recent partnership activities in the United Nations, as well as the challenges the UN faces in its efforts to engage the private sector and...

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Doing Business with the World: The New Role of Corporate Leadership in Global Development

Doing Business with the World, a publication of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), describes how companies can contribute to global sustainable development through their core businesses in a way that is profitable for the companies and good for development.

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Promoting Small and Medium Enterprises for Sustainable Development

Promoting Small and Medium Enterprises for Sustainable Development, a paper published by the WCSD, discusses the way in which governments can help alleviate poverty by focusing on small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and how larger corporations can help themselves by including SMEs in their value...

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Business and the millennium development goals: a framework for action

This report provides a framework for action on how companies and business coalitions can work with the UN system, governments, and civil society organisations to help achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), aimed at making globalisation a more positive force for more of the world's people.

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Seventh Generation and WAGES partner to form a cooperative in San Francisco

Seventh Generation, an American company that distributes household and personal care products, has partnered with Women’s Action to Gain Economic Security (WAGES) to launch a new worker-owned residential green cleaning cooperative in San Francisco.

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Freedom from Hunger’s Benkadi Tongorongo association provides micro loans and group support in Mali

In rural Mali, Miama sells rice to support her family, thanks to both a microloan and the group support she receives from Freedom from Hunger's Benkadi Tongorongo association.